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Medford News: 1908

Medford-related news items from 1908. Also see descriptions of Medford and Jackson County for this year.

Well-Known Panhandle Citizen Passes Away at Medford, Oregon.

    When the news reached here Dec. 27th, 1907, announcing the death of Col. S. T. Howard, December 26th at about 6 p.m., it was a shock to the community, but was not unexpected to those friends and relations who knew his condition, for he had been in failing health for several months.
    Col. Howard was well known and identified with the interests and development of North Central and Northwest Texas. Having moved from Loudon, Tennessee in 1886 and had lived here since that time until about a year ago when he moved to Medford, Oregon, hoping to improve his health. He had lived at Weatherford, Decatur, Quanah and Hereford, and in each of these places he had been a strong, useful factor in its development and interests. He had seen the vast unbroken ranges of Texas become the happy and prosperous homes of thousands. His strong, determined character [and] his love for meeting and overcoming difficulties eminently fitted him for a pioneer. He was a man of many interests, and while laboring to bring about material good he also helped to establish and support schools and churches wherever he went. He did much public work that will be long remembered. He was always prominent in the livestock interests. He was proud of the fact that he owned at one time the sweepstakes herd of Jersey and Hereford cattle of Texas. Many will remember his very efficient work at Austin against the passage of "The Quarantine Bill." He left his own interests here and worked with his usual zeal, for the good of the community north of the quarantine line.
    He moved from Quanah to Hereford in the spring of 1902, having purchased a ranch of 20,000 acres 20 miles northwest of Hereford, during the time stocked with high-grade cattle. He was identified with every interest for the upbuilding and advancement of the community. He was active and zealous in church work, being an elder of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He was also a Mason of high standing.
    Col. Howard was born Aug. 24, 1842 in Johnson County, Tennessee. After reaching manhood he was engaged in the mercantile and livestock business until he moved to Texas in 1886 and located at Weatherford.
    Col. Howard was married early in life to Miss Charlott Isador Kimbrough, a lady of great charm of character who made him a most devoted wife and loyal helpmeet and a tender, loving mother to his children of whom there were ten; nine of this large family survive him. At his bedside at the time of his death was his loving wife and six of his children, Rev. John K., S. T. Jr., H. D., Rhome, Miss Myra and Willie Howard. The other surviving children are Mrs. H. Wildy Lea and Mrs. C. C. Ferguson of Hereford, Texas and H. P. D. Howard of Amarillo, Texas.
    He was buried at Medford, Oregon, Dec. 27, 1907.
A FRIEND.               
    Dec. 29.--News reached here last night of the death of Col. S. T. Howard yesterday evening at Medford, Oregon.
    Col. Howard was one of the largest land owners of the Hereford country and was well known all over this part of Texas. He has been in failing health for several years, and it was partly in the hope of receiving benefit that he went to Oregon.
    His son H. P. D. Howard has made Amarillo his home and headquarters for the past two years in the real estate business, but at the present time is in Missouri looking after business affairs. Col. Howard has other children living at Hereford.--Daily Panhandle.
The Hereford Brand, Hereford, Texas, January 3, 1908, page 4

    George Faucett, agent for the Wells Fargo Express co., is now domiciled in his new office on the south side of 7th Street opposite the S.P. depot. The location is much more convenient for his work, and he has more room than in his old quarters.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, January 17, 1908, page 5

    J. Stilwell Vilas, formerly of Kaukauna, Wis., arrived Monday with his family. He bought 180 acres northeast of Medford this summer and is putting it out to fruit as fast as he can possibly set the trees. His 15-room bungalow will be the most modern of its kind in the valley, when completed.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, January 24, 1908, page 5

    J. M. Hurley and P. M. Kershaw were about Medford this week collecting money from the several merchants who recently subscribed toward the construction of a wagon road leading into Medford from the Hill Road running between Jacksonville and Central Point. They secured $450 in cash, which amount will be deposited with the county officials and will be used in defraying any expense which may be incurred in securing right-of-way and in construction. The proposed new road will leave the Jacksonville-Central Point valley road at the Ross place and run west between the Ed Hanley and Will Stewart places and across the Armstrong place to the Hill Road, about three miles north from Jacksonville, and it will be about one and a quarter miles in length, but will shorten the distance between Medford and that point fully three miles. There are a number of farmers in that locality who will appreciate the convenience of the shorter cut--and there are many more tracts of fruit land over there being opened up and set to fruit--and all of this will now be directly tributary to Medford. At the Ross place this new road will connect with the one running into Medford past the Jones farm and north of the Ish tract.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, February 7, 1908, page 5

    F. W. Thompson visited in Glen Elder last night with his brother, S. H. Thompson, who in company with Maurice Brown, of Blue Hill, left this morning for Medford, Oregon, where it is their intention to locate.
"Arrival and Departure," Beloit Daily Call, Beloit, Kansas, March 3, 1908, page 4

Samuel R. Taylor
    The Jacksonville, Oregon, Post, of May 9 chronicles the death of Samuel R. Taylor, in that place on May 2nd. Deceased arrived in Oregon from Illinois in 1852, and was well known throughout Southern Oregon and Northern California. The Post says:
    It will be remembered that Mr. Taylor was one of the first stage drivers in Oregon and also an early freighter. He drove the stage from Myrtle Point through the rich mineral belt of Jackson County to Crescent City. His habits were temperate, and he bore an excellent social reputation.

Del Norte Record, Crescent City, May 16, 1908, page 3

    H. A. Smith left Saturday for Medford, Ore., where he will locate.
"Port Arthur News Notes," Houston Post, Texas, June 17, 1908, page 3

    Mrs. Robert Lewis and her small sons, Cicero Hunt Lewis third and Robert Wilson Lewis, are guests for a week at the Hotel Moore, Seaside. Later they will visit at the Medford ranch of Mr. and Mrs. Hunt Lewis.
"Society," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, July 12, 1908, page 26

Will Show Thirty-Seven More Points in Resources Than Medford, Ore.

(Houston Post Special.)
    GAINESVILLE, Texas, August 2.--Quite a bit of interest has been created in this city by a challenge which the Commercial Club has taken up. A few weeks ago the Commercial Club of Medford, Oregon published a list of the resources of its town and offered $1000 to any town or city which could show more resources within a radius of forty miles. The gauntlet, thus thrown down, was not picked up until the Medford advertising booklet came to the notice of the Gainesville Commercial Club.
    The Gainesville list of resources will show that Medford is bested by thirty-seven points, and this list will be forwarded tomorrow with a request that the $1000 be forwarded at once or that Medford show more resources than were given in this booklet.
    The Gainesville Commercial Club claims that it can show more resources within a radius of twenty miles than Medford can show in forty. The reward will be claimed, but it is understood that Gainesville will compromise by taking half the amount in advertising in the state papers of Texas, Medford to foot the bills. The people will watch with some interest to see which club makes good in its contention.
Houston Post, Texas, August 3, 1908, page 4

    Grape growers in the Rogue River Valley, Oregon, are delighted because they have discovered that the peculiar red soil of that country will produce the Flame Tokay grape to perfection. One grower set out 100,000 Tokay slips this spring.
"Nubbins of Farm News," Weekly Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Indiana, August 5, 1908, page 30

    Thurston Daniels, ex-Lieutenant Governor of the State of Washington, formerly of Vancouver, now of Spokane, is in Portland. He has just returned from a visit to Denver, where he attended the National Democratic Convention as a spectator. He visited Colorado Springs, the Cripple Creek district, Salt Lake City and San Francisco in his trip and also stopped off at Medford to visit his son Thurston Daniels, Jr., on his way to Portland. Mr. Daniels has large realty holdings in Spokane.
"Personal Mention," Morning Oregonian, Portland, August 6, 1908, page 7

Oregon Man Also Takes Woman's Four Children.

    Jacksonville, Oreg., Aug. 15.--C. W. Parker, residing near Jacksonville, bears the record so far in the Rogue River Valley, the land of big undertakings. Parker yesterday ran away with the wife of O. A. Olson, taking with her her four children and Olson's mother-in-law. Their destination was Seattle, and they shipped their goods under the name of Trumble. Olson and Parker are both carpenters. Olson's efforts to get sympathy call out congratulations only.
Palladium Item, Richmond, Indiana, August 16, 1908, page 2

Asbestos, Aug. 17th 1908.
Mr. P. Daly
    Supt. Schools
        Dear Sir,
            I wish to call your attention to the burning of the Asbestos school house a week ago last Friday morning at about 9:30 a.m. There is very strong circumstantial evidence against a young girl, Ida Lee Griner, still no one feels like making any charge without an investigation. The facts as I have heard them which point to her as the guilty one are these. 1st she visited the post office at Asbestos run by Mr. Henry Mitchell at 7:00 or thereabouts, leaving there at nine o'clock on horseback. At about 9:30 the school house was discovered on fire and Mr. Ernest Biden was the first on the scene. Mr. Henry Mitchell soon followed and noticed a woman's footprints crossing the road from a tree where she had tied her horse leading back to the school house. Mr. Mitchell traced the same horse track up the post office road. He allowed no one to walk on the tracks around the school house until he had shown them to others whose names he can give you. She then went to the home of a Mrs. Lewis, 4 or 5 miles away, and was there with her parents at dinner. During her stay there Mrs. Lewis' little girl remarked that she was going to attend this school, and the Griner girl said she could not go because the school house had burned down. Mrs. Lewis asked her how she knew it had, and she replied that she saw a smoke there. At this point her mother interrupted with the remark that Ida saw a big fire raging up there as she came from the post office, and it would be sure to burn the school house. Now, the school bell could not be found in the ruins and the Griner girl said she found it on a log between the school house and the Biden residence and took it home. It was seen in the school house by several parties not more than two weeks ago. The girl is a natural born thief and has and has been a general nuisance to the people in this district. She is so thoroughly depraved morally and every other way that her proper place is in a reform school. The people here think that on investigation it will be found she is the guilty one; still, no one likes to take the responsibility of charging her with the crime. I call this to your attention because I have too much valuable property here to run any such risk of fire, and others are situated the same.
    Mrs. I. M. Gardner
MS 318, Southern Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Big Oregon Pear Orchard Sold.
    Medford, Ore., Aug. 21.--A syndicate of local and eastern capitalists, headed by John D. Olwell of this city, has purchased the famous pear orchard of C. H. Lewis, near Medford, for $160,000. This orchard holds the world's record for the highest price ever paid for a carload of Comice pears, $6,800.
The Chicago Packer, August 22, 1908, page 6

New Industry for Crescent City.
    Mr. T. H. B. Taylor is down from Jackson County, Oregon, with his Steam Feather Renovating plant for the treating of feather beds and pillows. The feathers are called for in the morning, taken just as they are in the ticks and during the day are thoroughly washed with steam and dried by steam, perfectly sterilized and deodorized and returned the same evening all sewed up ready for immediate use. Each family's work treated entirely separate. New ticking put on when required. Beds converted into pillows or vice versa. Beds or pillows sized up or changed to any size or shape desired.
    Mr. Taylor has been a resident of Jackson County for thirty years and the Medford Mail, the official newspaper of Jackson County, says anything Mr. Taylor does is a guarantee. As this is strictly a sanitary matter people are quick to see the necessity of it. The feathers are made as pure as snow.

Del Norte Record, Crescent City, August 22, 1908, page 3

    "The Land of Opportunity" is the title of a series of Western sketches now running in Harper's Weekly. In the last issue the article is illustrated with a series of well-known Southern Oregon fruit pictures. The captions over which they appear in Harper's are "The Grapes of the Roque Rim Valley" and "Picking Pears in the Roque River Valley of Southern Oregon." When a great paper like Harper's Weekly displays such an indifference to accuracy, it is small wonder that so many of the Eastern people are so densely ignorant about the geography of the West. Ignorance or carelessness as displayed in the captions would indicate that the East was also a "land of opportunity"--for education of some of the news writers.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, September 16, 1908, page 8

He Was Sentenced Yesterday, Application to Supreme Court.
    H. M. Coss, who was found guilty a few weeks ago of a statutory crime upon the person of Carrie Stagg, was yesterday sentenced by Judge Hanna to serve seven years in the penitentiary, and he was at once committed to the county jail.
    Coss' attorneys, W. M. Colvig and C. L. Reames, left last night for Salem, where they will apply to the Supreme Court for a certificate of probable cause in the Coss matter, which appeal was denied them by Judge Hanna. Should the certificate be granted it will have the effect of releasing Coss upon his present bond until such time as the case on appeal may be heard by the Supreme Court.
Medford Mail, October 23, 1908, page 4

    Isaac A. Palmer, an architect well known in this city, died Tuesday in the Soldier's Home in Roseburg, where he went a few days ago from this city. Mr. Palmer was a veteran of the Civil War. He was a member of the G.A.R. post here and of the Redmen Lodge.
    Mr. Palmer was an architect of no mean ability. He was for a number of years in Honolulu, where he drew the plans for Queen Liliuokalani's palace, noted for its inside decorations. He also planned the Haleiwa Hotel, 75 miles from Honolulu, known as one of the most convenient resorts of the islands. He has done considerable work in Medford, among his latest the designing of the new Young & Hall building.
Medford Mail, October 29, 1908, page 1

Many Indian Visitors.
    Yesterday there came in from the agency in Klamath County five four-horse teams and one single team driven and owned by Indians from the reservation. These people are after supplies for their families' uses during the winter. A few years since it was no uncommon thing for these people to come here to trade, and their coming now simply shows that the reputation of our merchants' fair dealing has not depreciated with time.
Medford Mail, October 29, 1908, page 2

Dr. E. B. Pickel's "401" Ranch Sells for Over $100,000--Palmer's Land to Be Subdivided.
    MEDFORD, Or., Nov. 12.--(Special.)--A land deal of considerable moment has been closed here by which Honore Palmer, son of the late Chicago millionaire, becomes owner of 1300 acres of land. This body of land is of the most productive in the county and lies on both sides of the Rogue River, 12 miles north of Medford. This particular section along the Rogue River is the finest fishing grounds on the coast and well known to many famous fishermen from abroad.
    The price paid for the land is $37,000 cash. Mr. Palmer expects to divide the land into five- and ten-acre tracts and place them on the market. Besides this investment, which he made on his recent trip here, he also bought copper mining property located near the well-known Blue Ledge Mine, about 30 miles southwest of Medford.
     Following the sale to Honore Palmer comes another one of interest [illegible] Cannon, C. W. Perkins and B. Gilman of San Francisco, and T. W.
[illegible] of Fresno, Cal. purchased Dr. E. B. Pickel's ranch, known as the "401" ranch, and containing 561 acres, 235 acres planted to commercial varieties of apples 1 to 4 years old, and 100 acres ready for planting. The balance is planted to pears. While the exact price has not yet been made public, it is known to be over $100,000.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, November 13, 1908, page 9

    Some valuable Oregon property near Medford was recently purchased by Honore Palmer, of Chicago. Mr. Palmer, it will be remembered, bought considerable Oregon land last year, and for a time resided in Eugene, Or., with his distinguished mother, Mrs. Potter Palmer. Apropos of Mrs. Palmer, she gave this past month a brilliant dinner in London, complimentary to King Edward. Having heard the King express a desire to hear the famous American artiste, Madame Fremstad, sing, Mrs. Palmer negotiated with the singer, who came over from Paris to England expressly for the event.

"Society," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, November 22, 1908, page 26

Medford Creamery Burns.
    MEDFORD, Or., Nov. 24.--Fire at 1:10 p.m. today destroyed the Medford Creamery, involving a loss of approximately $3000 on the building and equipment and damage to household goods of the owner, Mr. Gaddis, of nearly $1000 additional. The alarm was sounded during a rainstorm, and adjoining buildings within 10 feet were saved in consequence.
Morning Oregonian,
Portland, November 25, 1908, page 9

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